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JONATHAN McEVOY: Sport matters to all of us, said the ubiquitous Alex Scott. Just two months later, Vajiralongkorn announced that Major General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi was to become his Royal Noble Consort, the fist naming of a second consort for almost a century. The Thai king's health is a controversial topic and reporters generally do not speculate about it for fear of prosecution. Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej's condition is improving and he is in no danger, his youngest daughter has said, allaying concerns after rumours that his health had deteriorated. He is the fifth son, youngest child and the heir to the throne. 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The King can be seen in a pair of leggings and a cycling jacket while wearing a helmet and sunglasses as he peddled with some of his concubines to Unterammergau in Germany, The Grand Hotel where the king is staying has seen most tourists stay away and the hotel's website says it is 'currently unavailable for bookings' because of the coronavirus pandemic, without mentioning its long-term guests. Families who bought a huge turkey expecting guests for Christmas dinner now face a bumper batch of leftovers amid new lockdown rules stopping households from mixing. Thai king suffers health problems. He has been busying himself on the hotel's fourth floor which has allegedly been converted into a 'pleasure palace' for the monarch and his concubines, Bild reported, decked out with 'treasures and antiques' from Thailand. There is no word on how long he intends to stay, but he is known to have flown back to Thailand from Munich Airport at least once, and was seen inspecting protective gear in Bangkok earlier this month. (AP/Thailand Royal Office). Vivacharawongse lives in New York and attended the prestigious Sunningdale School in Berkshire as a boy, It added: 'Letters came from our father to the schools that we were attending saying that he would no longer pay. There has been no public announcement of the ailing, 87-year-old king’s condition. Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn - his name means "adorned with jewels or thunderbolts" - was born on 28 July 1952, the first son and second child of Queen Sirikit and King … Picture: THAILAND'S ROYAL OFFICE / AFP. It is not clear whether any of Vivacharawongse's tumours are cancerous as chemotherapy can also be used to treat the benign tumours caused by neurofibromatosis. Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti was born in 2005 to Vajiralongkorn's third wife Srirasmi Suwadee. News of his apparent self-isolation in Germany was met with anger by thousands of Thai people who condemned their leader online under the slogan 'Why do we need a king?'. According to the brothers' letter, in 1996 the crown prince visited Britain and 'took away our little sister,' aged nine at the time, and they returned to Thailand where she was given the title Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. Thailand’s ailing king Bhumibol Adulyadej was quietly transferred by helicopter on Sunday, May 31, from his summer palace in Hua Hin, 200 km south of Bangkok, to Siriraj Hospital where he has spent much of the last decade, sources said. Select from premium Beloved Thai King Dies After Long Illness of the highest quality. Published: 08:20, 7 October 2020 | Updated: 17:14, 7 October 2020. You know that I'm under chemo now. Clifford Coonan . The so-called Lese-Majeste law makes it a crime to defame, insult or threaten the king, queen, heir to the throne or regent. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. It also claims that Vajiralongkorn sent private detectives to follow them. The king’s reputation is closely managed by a trusted inner core of close advisors and he is often represented performing royal duties or charity in the Thai official royal press. He demanded that we surrender our diplomatic passports in to the Thai royal embassy ... We were told that the Thai public does not accept us and that we were not welcome in Thailand.'. But it’s not clear if Vajiralongkorn’s four wives are among the group of women, the newspaper added, citing German tabloid Bild. The King's stay in Germany means he missed Coronation Day in Thailand, marking a year since he was installed as the new monarch last year. 'She lived in a state of servitude, and every time he found another woman we would be forced out of the house.'. Answer 1 of 12: I'm travelling to BKK next week on 19Oct to 26Oct and am concerned abt my travel plans. The King's 'sex soldiers' are said to be assembled as a military unit called the SAS, like Britain's special forces - with the same motto, 'who dares wins', the paper said. or redistributed. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. In 1998, Vivacharawongse - then aged 15 - co-signed a letter with his brothers to the Thai press which only emerged four years ago. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok in May last year. Vivacharawongse, who says he became a doctor because he was inspired to learn as much as possible about his genetic condition, regularly posts health advice to a Facebook page of 62,000 followers. Vivacharawongse's three brothers, Juthavachara, 41, Vacharaesorn, 39, and Vatchrawee, 35, and his younger sister Sirivannavari, 33, grew up in the prince's palace while attending boarding school in the UK. The man who saves our locks when the salons shut: He's the hairdresser who has celebrities fighting for... You lucky dog! Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Find the perfect Beloved Thai King Dies After Long Illness stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. The pair divorced in 2014 which led to eight of her relatives being arrested, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida appear on the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall of the Grand Palace as they grant a public audience on the final day of his royal coronation in Bangkok on May 6, 2019, Vajiralongkorn's first wife - Princess Soamsawali (right) - was the only other royal he ever married, being his first cousin on his mother's side. 'Our father had never loved or treated our mother as his wife,' the letter said. After the death of King Bhumibol, political activity was paused during a … Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej passes away after long illness Thailand`s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died at the age of 88 after a long illness, the palace announced Thursday, ending a remarkable seven-decade reign and leaving a divided people bereft of a towering and rare figure of unity. Olivia Chan reports. 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The 1998 letter says, 'We tried constantly to ... contact our father but were never allowed to talk to him.'. Back home, Thai residents appear to be unamused by the king’s European exploits. Thailand’s 84-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej experienced health problems overnight. But in reality, it's not as easy as I thought it would be and due to the side effects of chemo, I'm finding it difficult to keep up. The former Thai royal regularly posts videos to Facebook and YouTube as part of this mission. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. 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Thai king's illness casts pall of uncertainty. The aspiring actress Sujarinee met the prince as a teenager and was his mistress for 15 years before becoming the second of his four wives. Thousands of people protested in Bangkok on Saturday in the latest in months of anti-government demonstrations that have also called for reforms to Thailand’s powerful monarchy. Other hotels in the region have been ordered to close during the coronavirus outbreak. For months, Vajiralongkorn has kept himself out of the public eye in the luxury resort of the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl, in a ski town near the Austrian border. But in September this year her rank and military decorations were restored and it was declared that she 'is not tarnished. Vajiralongkorn later divorced her and she lost her royal titles. Vivacharawongse, who lives in New York, graduated with a BA in Psychology and Biology from the University of Miami in 2006 before going on to study medicine. Not the modern BBC. Market data provided by Factset. A Thai woman holds a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as she prays for his health. He is the founder and CEO of Chakriwat Medical Information Center which aims to 'bring awareness to common medical ailments through clinical vignettes.'. Revellers in towns and cities that can still enjoy a drink under Tier 2 rules... Anti-lockdown protest leader gets £10,000 fine and three demonstrators are charged with assaulting emergency... 'It's the trolley police all over again!' Bhumibol was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, on 5 December 1927. The King of Thailand is reportedly staying at a hotel in Germany amid the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the office of King Vajiralongkorn had asked for several changes to clauses related to royal power in the draft constitution, a rare intervention by a reigning Thai monarch. Most people with neurofibromatosis type 2, which Vivacharawongse suffers from, will experience hearing loss in their lifetime. The king stripped his former consort of all royal titles and decorations, as well as status in the royal guard and military ranks. Walter the Hungarian Vizsla survives 150ft fall off cliff and is back home 24 hours after... Grooviest of daddios! Is Thailand's monarchy next? Chakriwat Vivacharawongse suffers from neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic condition where tumours grow throughout the nervous system, including inside the brain and spinal cord. The hotel received special permission from local authorities to open for the king and his entourage of 20 women, The Times of London reported. Vajiralongkorn has since remarried twice and scandalised the world by taking a concubine. The king’s health is a sensitive topic in Thailand, where many Thais are nervous about talking about it because of the country’s strict laws against royal defamation. And a daughter: Princess Sirivannavari born in January 1987. A local official told Bild that the king’s entourage was approved for their stay at the four-star property because “the guests are a single, homogenous group of people with no fluctuation.”. A hashtag translating to “Why do we need a king?” has been attached to more than a million posts on Twitter, The Independent reports. Legal Statement. He is the fourth of seven children born to Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 68. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. All rights reserved. Other relatives were also persecuted, their property taken from them and exiled, the brothers wrote. Other symptoms include, headaches, amnesia, seizures, muscle weakness and cataracts. Photo: Instagram He is next in line to the Thai throne, but mystery still shrouds the low profile 14-year-old crown prince. 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